Employers and Employees

How should I dispose of asbestos waste?

By |2020-10-08T11:34:27+00:00October 8th, 2020||

Asbestos waste describes any asbestos products or materials that are ready to be disposed. This includes any contaminated building materials, dust, rubble, used tools that cannot be decontaminated, disposable PPE (personal protective equipment) and damp rags that have been used for cleaning. Asbestos waste must be placed in suitable packaging to prevent any fibres being

When does inadvertent exposure to asbestos constitute a reportable incident under RIDDOR?

By |2020-10-08T11:33:54+00:00October 8th, 2020||

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) places duties on employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises (the responsible person) to report certain serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences (near misses). Exposure to asbestos is reportable under RIDDOR when a work activity causes the accidental

I may have been inadvertently exposed to asbestos. What should I do?

By |2020-10-08T11:33:16+00:00October 8th, 2020||

People who believe they may have been exposed to asbestos are understandably anxious and concerned about the possible effects on their health. Many cases of inadvertent, short-term exposure to asbestos will most likely have led to minimal exposure to fibres, with little likelihood of any long-term ill health effects. Although the type of asbestos involved

Is asbestos training a legal responsibility?

By |2020-10-08T11:32:28+00:00October 8th, 2020||

The current Regulations place a legal duty on employers to provide information, instruction and training to any of their employees who are likely to be exposed to asbestos as part of their work. The three main types of information, instruction and training are: asbestos awareness training training for non-licensable asbestos work – ie the type

What about asbestos removal?

By |2020-10-08T11:30:51+00:00October 8th, 2020||

The removal of higher risk asbestos-containing materials (sprayed asbestos coatings, asbestos insulation, asbestos lagging and most work involving asbestos insulating board (AIB) should only be carried out by a licensed contractor. Licensed asbestos removal work is a significantly hazardous job because it involves higher risk asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). These materials are more likely to release

When is an asbestos licence required?

By |2020-10-08T11:30:19+00:00October 8th, 2020||

Work with particular asbestos-containing materials can only be carried out by somebody who holds a licence issued by HSE. Licences are granted for a limited period of time (usually one or three years), enabling HSE to review licences and the performance of licence holders at regular intervals. For more information, see: Asbestos licensing. Not all

What is the control limit?

By |2020-10-08T11:29:55+00:00October 8th, 2020||

The control limit refers to the concentration of asbestos fibres in any localised atmosphere, measured and averaged over a continuous period of four hours, in accordance with the 1997 World Health Organisation's recommended method. At the moment, the control limit is 0.1 asbestos fibres per cubic centimetre of air (0.1 f/cm3). The control limit is

What is an asbestos risk register?

By |2020-10-08T11:29:27+00:00October 8th, 2020||

The asbestos risk register is a key component of the required plan on how you will manage any asbestos found, or presumed to be, in your buildings. This management plan must contain current information about the presence and condition of any asbestos in the building. The asbestos risk register will therefore need to be updated

What is an asbestos survey and do I need one?

By |2020-10-08T11:28:53+00:00October 8th, 2020||

An asbestos survey is an effective way to help you manage asbestos in your premises by providing accurate information about the location, amount and type of any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs).  The person responsible for maintenance of non -domestic premises  must either arrange a survey if it is suspected there could be ACMs in your premises

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